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Fantastic Voyage | Perennial Artisan Ales

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338 Ratings
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Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Milk Stout brewed with real coconut. (Brewed in Collaboration with Jim Leabig)

Added by TheSarge on 07-15-2012

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Ratings: 338 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

coconut is hot right now. everyone is doing one of these, and while this is better than a lot of them, its also kind of samey at this point. this is becoming the new blood orange hoppy beer, which literally everyone with a brewing license has made over the last couple of years. soon there will be more of these than we can care about, but i liked this a lot even still. the coconut here has a nice wintery, warming, toasted quality, but also a fresh creaminess with the lactose, which i think is overdone here, but i like it texturally, the beer is just too sweet to drink a ton of. the aroma is the best part, the coconut is really forward but also incredible natural, thats where this one is better than others for me. the base stout is also excellent, its huge, sweet, and boozy, thick and rich for sure, but there is some nice deep roast to the grain, a needed coffee type bitterness to it, and a long delicious finish, it would be great even without the coconut. i love all the body, this feels hearty and wintery, is just boozy enough, but really feels fancy to me. coconut sweetness and nuttiness, frosting, and coffee, delicious but something i really can only handle about a glass of before it gets to be a bit too much. i am getting less and less interested in dessert type stouts and porters personally lately for whatever reason, maybe just fatigue from so many, but this is one of the good ones. well worth the modest asking price.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid shiny black with a thin. light tan ring.

Smell is a bit stale, with musty cocoa, cola, acidic coffee and nut, while taste gives the first note of coconut blending with chocolate and nutty amaretto to become a sort of candy bar cocktail. There are also hints of cola.

A soft light body with a big but light froth finishes semi-dry.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewer's Notes: "The rebirth of Fantastic Voyage is a return to slow jams and silk sheets. We combine a smooth yet strong imperial milk stout base with a heap of dried coconut in the whirlpool. The result is a luscious blend of bakers chocolate, subtle roast, and sweet coconut. So take a sip and just sail on."
Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Date stamp of '09.28.17.
Body color is opaque darkness, with very slight mahogany at bottom of glass. Some head on pouring disappears to next to nothing ring. No lacing.
Smells of rich dark malts, coconut, and very dark fruit, also sweet lactose.
Taste is rich dark chocolate, coconut, currant fruit, and sour orange. Sweet lactose also comes through.
Mouth feel is rather thin, and taste dissipates quickly.
Beer has a good balance of dark chocolate, sweet lactose, and coconut.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glf60
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with slight lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, coconut, lactose, light cocoa, really does smell like an Almond Joy. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a little biscuit, toasted coconut, light cocoa and a some coffee bitterness, a little lighter than I expected, but with a very nice light lingering cocoa and coconut finish. Medium bodied with slight creaminess and sharp peppery carbonation. A pleasant coconut infused milk stout with a surprisingly light body for such a big stout. Although great tasting, this would be way more satisfying with a heavier, deeper malt body. One the other hand, the ABV is very well covered and the flavors are well balanced with a deft hand on the coconut, which can be a dominating flavor. The level is commensurate with the malt. Milder than expected, but pleasant and satisfying throughout the bottle. Perennial shows up sporadically around here and I'm always glad to see them.

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Photo of krl2112
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Joe Bean Roasters in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a moderate sized head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like sugary toasted coconut, basically exactly like the coconut in an Almond Joy, with dark chocolate, and light roast.

This would pop a bit more if the body was bigger, but it's definitely a bit thin. The coconut flavor is so tasty, though- very sweet and decadent- but done well. There's a light toastiness, with lots of dark rich chocolate, and just a hint of roasted malt. This is definitely a candy bar in beer form.

Like mentioned above, the body is definitely problematic- it's a bit thin, and finishes watery. It's nowhere near the legendary mouthfeel I know Perennial can achieve (see Abraxas, Sump, etc).

This is flawed but I definitely enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of epyon396
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste: robust semi sweet malt, coconut, chocolate, lactose, brown sugar, molasses. same with the nose. Reddish/black hue, mostly opaque, tan head with ring of lattice. Medium/Full body. Non sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/24/17; drank 10/15/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big tan head; almost no lace.

Coconut, cream, mild milk chocolate & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Coconut & cream flavors; mild milk chocolate & faint citrus bite on the finish.

Too sweet for me to really love (plus I'm not the biggest coconut fan); drinkable, but 4 oz or so was more than enough.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MeLoynes
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbwimer
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 30helens
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mportnoy
1/5  rDev -73.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of lemmy187
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigRedDog
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is pitch black with a nice lighter mocha colored head. The head retains fairly well, forming a ring around the edge of the glass as it dissipates.

Smell is upfront with bitter chocolate. A slight earthy hop presence is there as well. The coconut is a little more muted than expected. It's there, but not as present as I had hoped.

Taste begins with a bitter roasted chocolate, fading into a sweeter lactose and vanilla. Coconut is very present on the finish. A nice coconut and vanilla interplay.

Mouthfeel has a slight astringency that I find can be present in many milk stouts. Otherwise it is creamy yet light.

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Photo of barleywin
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RajaSTL
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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